What is meant by mental health?

What is meant by mental health?


What is meant by mental health?

Mental health in short is the ability of people to live with positive attitudes and to enjoy life.


People who are successful in maintaining a balance between their everyday responsibilities and their mental and emotional expectations tend to be optimistic and happier than others. Medical science is making remarkable discoveries about how expectations, emotions and thoughts affect people’s general and mental health.

Common mental health disorders

According to the World Mental Health Survey (2004) common health disorders (such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse) are highly prevalent in Western and developing countries. Mental disorders tend to be chronic and strongly impair quality of life. It may lead to early death and therefore to substantial cost to a society. After HIV and Aids, major depression is the disorder with the highest disease burden worldwide. Four of the ten most disabling disorders are mental disorders. Worldwide about 150 million people currently suffer from a major depressive disorder, almost a million commit suicide each year and 90 million people are currently addicted to a substance. The proportion of disability caused by mental disorders is predicted to rise over the next several years.

Mental self-care and mental wellness

Taking into account the enormity of the mental health problems people all over the world experience, it is of the utmost importance that people must know the factors that cause mental health problems. The aim should be to develop a lifestyle and way of thinking that can have a positive influence on people’s own lives as well as the lives of the people around them. This includes family, friends and co-workers.

Most of the factors causing mental health problems relate to alcohol and drug abuse, anger and hostility, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sleep problems and violent behaviour. For all these and many other disorders professional help is available.

Managing mental health prevent mental disorders. Mental health managing skills are needed to assure a sound balance in one’s ability to cope with the major but also small issues that endanger mental health. These managing skills include:

  • The ability to communicate and share feelings, thoughts and problems (for example, discussing them with others at work or at home) and to put expectations in line with reality
  • Gaining control and learning to take charge of one’s life is another powerful stress-coping strategy
  • Regular exercise helps to reduce tension. However, one should guard against a compulsive attitude that causes stress.

Our Employee Wellbeing Programme (EWP) is available 24 hours if you want to discuss your own or a family member’s mental health. Contact us at 0861872862 or email us at
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